Announcing: “Best Practice Caregiving” – A New Resource for Organizations that Support Family Caregivers

First of its kind:

For the first time, healthcare and community service organizations, providers and funders have an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource to learn about and compare many of the top dementia caregiving programs.

Best Practice Caregiving provides detailed information about the:

  • focus of each program (e.g., reducing stress, understanding dementia, planning care, skill-building, health and wellness) 
  • delivery method (online, in-person, telephone)
  • evidence base & research findings
  • implementation requirements and real-world experiences of organizations that have implemented the program
  • contact information for each program’s developer or distributor

This unique resource enables organizations to evaluate which programs best complement their existing services, align with their current available resources and funding opportunities, and meet the needs of family caregivers they serve.

All programs in the database are vetted and proven, and must meet strict criteria, including:

  • published research with positive caregiver outcomes 
  • program feasibility (program has been offered by healthcare or community organization or service provider as a service to dementia caregivers) 
  • permission or license to use the program is available, along with manuals, training and any tools required for delivery  

Continue Reading for more information and to access links:

Best Practices Caregiving

A partnership between Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Family Caregiver Alliance

Dementia Care Programs

Dementia Care Programs

Best Practice Caregiving is a free online database of proven dementia programs for family caregivers. It offers a searchable, interactive, national database of vetted, effective programs that offer much-needed information and support. The database is an invaluable tool for healthcare and community-based organizations, as well as funders and policy makers to discover and share high quality programs for caregivers.

In the Best Practice database you will find detailed information about:

  • focus of each program
    (e.g., reducing stress, understanding dementia, planning care, skill-building, health & wellness, etc.)
  • program implementation
  • research findings
  • direct utilization experiences of delivery sites
  • program developer information.

Click Here for Programs▶

How to Use

How to Use the Database

With more than 40 data records, you’ll have access to the information you need to make informed decisions. It’s easy to compare programs side-by-side based on the factors that matter most to you, your organization, and your caregiving clients. Contact and usage/license fee information are included for each program. Learn More ▶


Our Generous Funders

  • The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • The Retirement Research Foundation
  • Archstone Foundation

Stay in Contact

To stay up-to-date on proven dementia programs for family caregivers subscribe to Best Practice Caregiving e‑news


About the Project

Over the past two decades, a wide range of programs have been developed to support caregivers of people living with dementia…Learn More▶


Program Inclusion Methodology

  • Searching for Programs to Include
  • Program Eligibility Criteria
  • Sources of Information
  • Updating Profiles and Adding New Programs

Learn More▶

Additional Information

Save the dates: 2 upcoming webinars:

Learn more about the site by joining one or both upcoming webinars on January 28th and February 5th. The first will give a brief overview of the site as part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series. Click here for more info. A second, more in-depth webinar, on February 5th at 10am PST/ 1pm EST, will provide a guided tour and live demo of the site – please save the date, and stay tuned for an invite email with further details.

If you have any questions about marketing and communication of Best Practice Caregiving please email Jennifer Downey ( with Family Caregiver Alliance.

Visit Best Practice Caregiving at (the website is best viewed with Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers).

Last Updated on April 28, 2020

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